Elizabeth was the daughter and heiress of Frederick Tilney, Esq., of Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk, Boston, Lincolnshire, etc., and Elizabeth, daughter of Laurence Cheney, Esq. Wikipedia states that she was born at Ashwellthorpe Hall, Norfolk.
Elizabeth’s first husband (settlement date 11 April 1451) was Sir Humphrey Bourgchier, son of John Bourgchier, 1st Lord Berners, by Margery Berners Her first husband died, fighting with the Yorkists, in the Battle of Barnet in 1471.
On 30 April 1472 she married Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, son of John Howard, K.G., 1st Duke of Norfolk, by Katherine Moleyns The marriage was arranged by Edward IV.
by Humphrey Bourgchier
John Bourgchier, K.B., 2nd Lord Berners, married Katherine Howard
Anne Bourgchier, married Sir Thomas Fiennes, 8th Lord Dacre
Margaret Bourgchier, married (1) John Sandys, (2) Sir Thomas Bryan, (3) David Zouche
by Thomas Howard
Thomas Howard, K.G., 3rd Duke of Norfolk, Earl of Surrey
Elizabeth Howard, married Thomas Boleyn, K.G., K.B., mother of Anne Boleyn wife of Henry VIII.
Muriel Howard, married (1) John Grey, Viscount Lisle; (2) Thomas Knyvet, K.B.
In May 1465 she carried the train of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV, at Elizabeth Woodville's coronation. She served as Elizabeth Woodville's lady in waiting and accompanied Elizabeth Woodville when she sought sanctuary in Westminster Abbey after her husband's temporary fall from power. She was present at the birth of Edward V in Westminster Abbey in 1470.
Elizabeth was co-heiress to the manors of Fisherwick and Shelfield in Walsall, Staffordshire through her descent from Roger Hillary, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (d.1356).
In 1475 she inherited the manor Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk from her father.
In 1483 she was one of the attendants on Anne Neville, wife of Richard III, at their joint coronation.
Her second's husband's father died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and Thomas Howard was wounded in the battle. Both were fighting for Richard III, and Thomas was imprisoned, but his attainder did not extend to the confiscation of her own estates. His estates and title were soon restored and in November 1487 she and her husband attended the coronation of Henry VII's wife, Elizabeth of York. She was made a lady of the queen's bedchamber, and in 1489 became joint godmother of Margaret Tudor, daughter of Elizabeth of York and Henry VII.
Elizabeth (Tilney) Howard died on 4 April 1497 at Abbot Readings Place, Baynards Castle, London, England. She was buried in the nuns' choir of the convent of the Minoresses outside Aldgate.
In Poetry, Art and Fiction
In 1495 the poet John Skelton was a guest of Elizabeth and her husband at Sheriff Hutton Castle, Yorkshire. Elizabeth and her ladies placed an ornamental garland on his head, and he wrote a poem, The Garlande of Laurell, in which he complimented her, her daughters, and her ladies.
Elizabeth is shown in a stained glass window at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk, facing Elizabeth Talbot, a Duchess of Norfolk.
She features as Bess Bourchier in The Sun in Splendour, the final volume of a series of novels on the Plantagenets by Juliet Dymoke.
Weis, Frederick Lewis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 8th Edition, Genealogical Publishing Co. 2004, p.8 (line 4:34), p.32 (line 22:35) and p.132 (line 136:34)
Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
"Our Kingdom Come," Eileen McKinnon-Suggs (suggs1[at]msn.com) Ancestry link
Faris, David. Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1996, p. 47 "Butller"